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2014年12月25日 星期四

Clear Water Bay Peninula (清水灣半島)

The Clear Water Bay Peninsula must be one of the most beautiful places in Hong Kong. When the weather is good, it'll be unforgivable if we don't spend some time there. It's quite accessible even by public transport. One takes the MTR and get off at Diamond Hill and then take the No. 91 bus and go right to the terminus, then walk about 5 to 10 minutes to the starting point of the path which leads uphill and just follow the trail until one reaches the middle of the footpath leading to the Tin Hau Temple (the "Big Temple) just another 10 minutes walk away, quite close to the entrance to the Clear Water Bay Country Club. This is exactly what I did.


Not more than 10 minutes up the path, and we can already have a beautiful view of the sea.


This is what you can see a little further down the same path: the two beaches separated by a headland: Silver Strand Beach (銀線灣 ) or Little Clear Water Bay (小清水灣) and Clear Water Bay(大清水灣) or Tai O Mun (大門) or literally the "Big Col Gate".

 

It's the Clear Water Bay right in the middle cordoned off with floating buoys


In the distance are two small bust-like hillocks


The easy trail leading downhill


In the distance, we see the golf course of the Clear Water Bay Country Club


This is the famous Po Toi O (Cloth Sack Bay) with the motor road trailing the coast.


A closer view of the same bay


The sea is glittering with sun light in the light haze


The pier in the middle is the pier serving the Tin Hau Temple or Tai Miu ("the Big Temple").  


A sea of silver


Getting closer to Po Toi O with its fish rearing rafts.


Getting even closer


Nam She Tsim (Tip of the Big Serpent) seen from the cove at Po Toi O.


On the way, one finds many leaves turning red


 Another one
 

The wild camellia are in full bloom


A peony blooming in Po Toi O


A tiny climber


Some road side daisy


Fallen leaves


huge crayfish shrimp from Vietnam about 6 to 8 inches long at a restaurant at Po Toi O: really delicious!


 Fried cuttlefish tentacles


The sea just outside my dining table


The top of a net for holding fish caught before they are taken up  to the fish tanks at the local seafood restaurants


More reflections


A towel in the afternoon sun outside one of the local residences


paint peeling off a pipe


Beautiful wooden whorls from an old plank


An accidental effect on the floor outside the local temple


Good luck ribbons hung on a Wishing Tree at the local temple 


Two gods at the local shrine


A huge smoking joss stick ring outside the local temple


Offerings to the local deities. Looks as if they are all vegetarians!